Rain Dance – The 2016 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders

Who said it never rains in Southern California?  Well it certainly did last Sunday…and I am sure the visiting Miami Dolphins were well accustomed to that, but for me and 28 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders, it was a surreal experience.

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So, what are those spots you see in some of those photos above?  To Southern Californians, they’re more precious than gold…it’s mana from heaven…rain drops.  Now rain wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I found out I was going to shoot the Dolphins game, but its what I got.  And I must say it made for some interesting photographs and the Rams Cheerleaders seemed to take it all in stride and had a great time out there.  I know I did.

It’s been almost two decades since I was last at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  I was a Raiders season ticket holder back then, so coming back to shoot this game brought back some fond memories…and the realization why the Rams need a new crib.  It’s a venerable old stadium, but it’s outdated and the amenities are insufficient for a modern game.  While waiting for the kickoff, several photographers huddled in a cramped area near the west end zone.  We were dodging the rain.  I remember that space being used by the Raiders band back in the 90’s, but it has since been converted to a media room for photographers and their editors to work.  It has the advantage to being very close to the field and the WIFI was good, but…well you know.

Last week, the Miami Dolphins played the Chargers in San Diego and I think they remained in Southern California to play the Rams this Sunday.  Another week, and another opportunity for both teams.  In fact, it was a rather momentous game for the home town Rams as Jared Goff was starting for the first time in his NFL career.  Goff was the number one overall pick in the NFL draft and Rams fans have been eagerly awaiting his debut.  I mean you don’t select a player #1 overall, pay him all that money to let him ride the pine.  No, you got to play him and see what he can do.

And for his first NFL start, Goff did okay, throwing for 134 yards and more importantly zero interceptions.  The Rams led the visiting Dolphins for most of the game, taking a 10 point lead deep into the fourth quarter.  I made the mistake of assuming the game was in the bag with about six minutes to go because up until that point, the Dolphins had only passed for about 70 yards and the Fins hadn’t really threatened to score.  But in their final two possessions of the game, the visitors put together two sustained drives and scored 14 points to steal victory away from the Rams.  And a steal it was because up until that time, the Dolphins only managed to cross mid-field twice…twice in 54 minutes of game play.

Well, I did manage to snap a few game photos and the last one below was from the pass play that won the game for the Dolphins.

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Yeah, back in the day I used to shoot other things than cheerleaders…but cheerleaders are all that I shoot today.  So on with the show!

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 9

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 9 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs
Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders
Seattle Seahawks

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 9

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 9.  More interesting photos this week. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 7

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 7 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Los Angeles Rams
Cincinnati Bengals
Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs
Miami Dolphins
New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles
Tennessee Titans
Atlanta Falcons
San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals
Denver Broncos

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 7

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 7.  Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 5

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 5 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites. Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

San Francisco 49ers
Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts
Miami Dolphins
Baltimore Ravens
Minnesota Vikings
Denver Broncos
Dallas Cowboys
Los Angeles Rams
Oakland Raiders
Carolina Panthers

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 5

SI.com has uploaded a gallery of NFL cheerleaders from week 5. Click here to view the gallery.

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NFL Cheerleader Photos From Week 2

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NFL teams that hosted games during week 2 of the regular season have uploaded photos of their cheerleading squads to their team sites.  Click on the links below to go to the team page galleries.

Carolina Panthers
Detroit Lions (Yes, they have cheerleaders this year!)
Houston Texans
New England Patriots
Washington Redskins
Arizona Cardinals
Los Angeles Rams
Denver Broncos
Oakland Raiders
San Diego Chargers
Minnesota Vikings

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SI.com: NFL Cheerleaders Week 2

SI.com has posted a large gallery of images of cheerleaders from Week 2 of the regular season. Click here to view the gallery.

A Washington Redskins cheerleader performs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Members of the Los Angeles Rams cheerleader team perform during the second half of an NFL football game between the Rams and the Seattle Seahawks at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

Oakland Raiders cheerleaders perform during the first half of an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

A Denver Broncos cheerleader waves to the crowd during the first half in a NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 18: Detroit Lions cheerleaders debuted at the Lions opener against the Tennessee Titans during an NFL game at Ford Field on September 18, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

James Corden carpools over to join a Rams Cheerleaders routine

Perhaps channeling his inner Robin Williams, Late Late Show Host James Corden, along and the guys from A League Of Their Own, joined the Rams Cheerleaders performance during the Seahawks game. Let’s go to the video, and another at this link.

We’ll have to wait and see if other celebs embrace the chance to join the Rams Cheerleaders this season.

And donning the uniform harkens back to the 1970’s, when an episode of Mork and Mindy featured Robin Williams joining the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. Sorry kids, it was a hairier time. People accused celebrity males (Andy Gibb) of augmenting themselves with chest toupees. Yep, you had to be there.

Inside Edition – Blood, Sweat and Cheers: Behind the Scenes With the LA Rams Cheerleaders

From Inside Edition:

The Los Angeles Rams have returned to the City of Angels after spending more than a decade in St. Louis.

And returning to the field with the cheerleaders is a familiar face, Inside Edition investigative reporter Lisa Guerrero, who was a member of the squad 30 years ago.

Guerrero dropped in on a recent practice to meet the women, who were thrilled about making the team and dared her to don her old uniform.

One cheerleader told Guerrero: “Knowing that the NFL was coming to Los Angeles, I got excited because there is nothing better than football.”

Another said: “The first time I ran out to that field, I was overwhelmed with excitement.”

Guerrero, decked out in her throwback uniform, even joined the ladies in a new routine.

The Rams kick-off their season Monday against the San Francisco 49ers when they will take on embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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Editor’s note: these uniforms from the 1980’s were my favorite…just revealing enough to be sexy but without showing too much skin.  It’s a far cry from the cheerleader uniforms of today, which show a lot of skin and are very sexy.  How times have changed!

2016 P-R-O Convention All Star: Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader Brittany

I mentioned that last time when we featured L.A. Rams Cheerleader Shelbie that their auditions attracted former professional cheerleaders from all over the United States and that it was like selecting an all star team. Well our next 2016 P-R-O Convention All Star is another former pro cheerleader. She is a former Clippers Spirit dancer and current Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader, introducing Brittany.

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For our next 2016 P-R-O Convention All Star, we head back to the great state of Texas via Miami, so check back tomorrow to see who it is.  And for more cheerleader articles, please visit my personal blog: thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.

2016 P-R-O Convention All Star: Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader Shelbie

NFL football  came back to Los Angeles in a big way this past year with the return of the Rams.  And at their final auditions, former professional cheerleaders from other renown teams tried out so much so that I commented that it was like creating a rock and roll super group in that you could have your pick of the finest dancers from southern California and the nation.  There were girls from the Clippers Spirit, Laker Girls, Charger Girls, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders, 49ers Gold Rush, Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, Utah Jazz Dancers, Charlotte Lady Cats, Ladies of Ontario Fury, Chiva Girls, and more.  It was simply amazing.

Our latest 2016 P-R-O Convention All Star is one of these cheerleader super stars.  She is a former Laker Girl and current member of the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders…introducing Shelbie, a P-R-O Convention All Star.

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There’s many more amazing cheerleaders to be featured here, so stay tuned!  And for more cheerleader articles, please visit my personal blog: thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.

2016 P-R-O Convention All Star: Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader Sativa-Skye

We begin our coverage of the 2016 P-R-O Convention with our All Star featurette on Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader Sativa-Skye.

I first met Sativa-Skye at the 2014 Ladies of Ontario Fury dance team auditions and I knew then that there would be big things in the future for her.  Flash forward to April of 2016.  Sativa-Skye is selected as one of the members of the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders from a candidate pool of local and nationwide professional cheerleaders.  Big things indeed.

So when Saturday arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see her and two of her new teammates at the convention.  And on Sunday, we were able to snap a few posed photos for this article.  Beautiful, talented and very personable.  Sativa-Skye…our first P-R-O Convention All Star of 2016.

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Stay tuned for more amazing P-R-O Convention All Star Cheerleaders! And for more cheerleader articles, please visit my personal blog: thehottestdanceteam.wordpress.com.

Roll Call! 2016-17 Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders (Updated Again!)

The Los Angeles Rams have posted headshots of their 2016 cheerleaders. (I devoutly hope that this year we will also get to see some uniform shots online. They didn’t post them last year, so I’m hoping this year they will.)

This team of 28 comes with quite the resume. of the 28 member team, at least 22 have experience on other pro or semi-pro teams. Several of them on multiple teams. A few others came directly from college dance teams.

Let me show you what the Rams are working with this year:

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Ally: former Cal State Fullerton dancer (college)

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Amanda: former Denver Broncos Cheerleader (NFL)

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Andi: former Chivas USA Chiva Girl (MLS), Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA), and Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)

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Ariel: former Chivas USA Chiva Girl (MLS), Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA), Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA), and San Diego Charger Girl (NFL)

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Aubrey: former Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)

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Bianca: former Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA)

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Brandi R.: former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader (NFL)

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Brandi W: former Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)

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Brittany: former Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA) EIGHT seasons on the team – holy cow!

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Chelsea: former Utah Jazz Dancer (NBA)

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Cherise: for San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader (NFL)

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Jennifer: former Boston Celtics Dancer and Los Angeles Laker Girl (both NBA)

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JoJo (Giordana): former University of Michigan dance team member (college)

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Justine: former Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA)

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Linette: former Chivas USA Chiva Girl (MLS), and Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)

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MaCall: former UCLA dance team member (college)

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Mandi: former Chivas USA Chiva Girl (MLS) and Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer (NBA)

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Melissa: former Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dancer and Los Angeles Laker Girl (both NBA)

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Micki: former Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader (NFL)

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Sammy: former USC Trojan Dance Force member (college)

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Sativa-Skye: former Ontario Fury dancer (MASL)

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Shardia: former Charlotte Bobcats LadyCat (NBA)

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Shelbie: former Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)

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Stephanie: former Anaheim Bolts dancer (MASL), Los Angeles Kings Crew member (NHL), and Ontario Fury dancer (MASL)

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Valerie: former Los Angeles Laker Girl (NBA)

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Zandra: former San Diego Sockers Socker Girl (MASL)

Note: photos above don’t include all of the ladies on the team. That does not mean that the ones not listed above aren’t awesome and talented, with a dance resume as long as my arm. It probably just means their background is centered on studio/industry dance as opposed to sports entertainment. It could also mean they just value their privacy online and it was harder to get info on them. There ain’t nothing wrong with that.

If I missed anyone’s major credits, let me know. I’m happy to edit this list. ~ sasha.